Have you ever had one of those days where you thought you were going to finally get some rest and true to your word, you didn't do any work, yet when it was over, you felt even more tired then when you started?
You had great plans to do some yoga and meditation, maybe write your novel or take an aromatherapy bath. Instead, you end up on social media all day and before you know it it is dinner time and your day off has been wasted.. You return to work feeling exhausted and cheated of your time off.
This is the daydreaming trap. Work ends, and your energy starved body and mind drift off into activities like television, or indulging in junk food or alcohol. When you are done, you are exhausted, and feel guilty or ashamed of the time wasted.
While it may look like rest, it has the opposite effect. It takes energy away. You can waste years of your life and not get the rejuvenating down time that your body so desperately needs.
Now, with all the down time that many of us have due to COVID-19 we have an opportunity to rejuvenate and energize so that when things get started again, we will be ready to go back, refreshed and energized and ready to take on life.
To get good quality self-care time can take some planning. Make yourself a schedule and stick to it as best you can. Do you want that nap or meditation session? Well write it in! Don't just schedule the activities you do for others. You are important too. Make your self-care time mandatory.
You don't have to follow your schedule to the letter, just go back to it when you get sidetracked.
Bring to mind what you hope to accomplish in the hours ahead. Your schedule can be in your head or written on paper. If you are really organized you might even have a special journal for this purpose.
If you don't get everything accomplished, give yourself a break. This is not a to do or die list, just some suggestions to get you on track if you find yourself in a social media or TV black hole.
Some suggestions for self care/rejuvenation activities:
- Journal writing- You can ask a question and just start freewriting until you get the answer, or you can just write continuously for about 10 minutes. This can help you de-stress and work out problems.
- Walk- This is a wonderful activity that relaxes you while providing exercise and a healthy dose of vitamin D. (Take precautions if you have very fair skin, or just walk when the sun is low in the sky.)
- Dance- If the music makes you want to dance, don't fight it! Great exercise and can lift your spirits when you are sad, and it is also a great cardio workout.
- Create- If you are an artist, pull out your paints or pencils. If you are crafter, you might get the crochet hooks or needlepoint supplies. Expression of any kind helps you work through challenging emotions and the bonus is that you can have something pretty to show for it.
- Meditate- Meditation comes in many forms and you can pick the one that feels right. You may just count breaths or chant a mantra. You can do a guided meditation and take a journey inside your mind from the comfort of your couch. Join my meditation class!
- Yoga and exercise- Yoga creates flexibility and strength while relaxing your mind. While not a substitute for medical counseling, yoga can help if you need to calm your stress and develop your concentration.
Due to COVID-19, we are spending more time by ourselves and many people are working less. It is a great time to do the inner work you may have been putting off, due to work and other responsibilities. With a little bit of planning and intention, you can grow and heal spiritually, learn something new or get to those projects that are gathering dust.
We will not likely get a chance like this again. Enjoy your time off but make it truly restful and restorative. When the world gets going again, you will be ready to jump in and recreate a new and better life for yourself and those around you.
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Morgana Starr is The Angel Communicator, Psychic, Medium, Animal Communicator, Reiki Master Teacher, creator of the Angelic Arts Psychic Development Program. She was raised by Missionary parents in Africa, attended Bible College, raised two kids as a single parent. Her path led her to study Reiki which opened her psychic abilities. She began to do readings professionally as she continued her studies in Native American and many Ancient manifesting and healing modalities. She is a Native American Sacred Pipe Carrier, Author of two published books, Angels Legacy and Angel Whispers, she is also the co-founder of Angels Oasis and Awaken Institute.